If you live and work in the northeastern part of the United States, you have likely heard of the New England carpet cleaning institute. You may have even considered becoming a member.
The New England Institute of Restoration and Cleaning (NEIRC), as it is officially called, is a trade association for industry professionals who enjoy networking with peers, like to stay up-to-date on industry news in a largely informal setting, and appreciate the casual exchange of ideas. With approximately 60 member companies, the organization is a relatively small, regional outfit that serves the states of Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut.
In comparison, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an international organization renowned for setting industry standards, with a firm commitment to the education and certification of industry professionals. In other words, the IICRC assists technicians in advancing their knowledge, and therefore their careers, by connecting students and accredited schools for the ongoing betterment of the cleaning and restoration industry, through formal learning in an academic environment.
The IICRC employs rigid certification standards. Checks and balances are in place to ensure that customers (as well as employers) are doing business with individuals who can deliver the highest level of ethics, proficiency and quality. Technicians and companies who have earned the privilege to display IICRC logos and patches are highly recognized among their peers and consumers.
While a casual exchange of ideas with other members of the New England carpet cleaning institute may have certain benefits from a social and networking perspective, there’s only one organization that can effectively advance and enrich your career: the IICRC.
Check course schedules at the IICRC’s website and become certified by the most prestigious organization in the restoration industry.